Futuristic cars at the Detroit Auto Show

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Lexus
The Lexus RC F Coupe has some extreme driving control.

The 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), also known as the Detroit Auto Show, opens to the general public on January 18.

However, the NAIAS has begun giving the press a sneak peak at some of the incredible high-performance vehicles, and so far the most impressive are Toyota’s FT-1 Concept, Lexus’ RC F Coupe, and GMC’s Canyon.

Ever since Toyota discontinued its stylish Supra in the US in 1998, there’s been a lack of sporty elegance missing in its lineup. It’s become known mostly for sturdy trucks and the eco-friendly Prius, but with the newly unveiled FT-1 Concept, we just might have a sleek Toyota to look forward to!

The long hood, deeply layered side vents ahead of the rear wheels, and short overhangs scream “sporty” and may very well set the tone for other models. Designed by Toyota’s Calty Design Research branch, the “Future Toyota” FT-1 is a sign of things to come.

On the luxury side of the fence, the Lexus RC F Coupe comes with 450 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque – turning power. Basically, if you had a 1-foot long wrench and applied 383 pounds of force to it, you’d get 383 foot-pounds of torque. Driving the F is very smooth, as it’s able to cut corners sharply with a tough V-8 directing power to the rear wheels. Its chief engineer, Yukihiko Yaguchi, says, “There’s a misconception that racing cars are hard to drive. In fact, they’re easy in the right hands, because they’ve been purpose-built for the skill level of their drivers.”

GMC Canyon
An inside look at the GMC Canyon.

If you’re not looking for sporty or luxurious vehicles, the GMC Canyon is a pickup truck that doesn’t sacrifice fuel efficiency for power.

GMC’s going after the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma with the Canyon, with your choice of 193 horsepower or a 302 horsepower engine. This mighty, yet medium-sized truck can tow 6,700 pounds with the larger engine and carry a payload of 1,450 pounds.

Other notable vehicles are the Ford F-150, which is now 700 pounds lighter thanks to a lightweight aluminum body, the Hyundai Genesis sedan with 311 horsepower and high-tech gadgetry inside, and the finely crafted Mercedes-Benz C-Class that offers a true luxury sports sedan.

Featured image courtesy of North American International Auto Show FacebookImage of Lexus RC F Coupe courtesy of Lexus Facebook